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Cultural Details for Quercus coccinea

Common Name:
Scarlet Oak

Growth Rate:
1.5-2' per year over 10-20 years

Average Mature Height:
70-75' to 100' in the wild

Average Mature Width:
40-50'

Flower Details:
monoecious; staminate catkins pendant, clustered; pistillate solitary

Fruit Details:
0.5-1" oval to hemispherical reddish brown, capped

Fall Color:
scarlet

Bark Details:
grayish brown, thinnish, smooth; with age develops narrow, shallow ridges and furrows

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
galls, iron chlorosis

Native Habitat:
Maine to Florida west to Minn. and Mo.

Other Features:
National champion 120' x 93' in Powell Co. KY

Culture and Care:
usually found in dry sandy soils

This plant was blooming:

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
1200, 2531

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets. www.ces.ncsu.edu
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database. www.hort.uconn.edu